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about FREN1001

You have chosen to study French but have some questions? Here, you will find everything you need to know to get started this semester.



I want to study French as a beginner


FREN1001 is a course intended for complete beginners in French and does not require any previous knowledge of the language. The course offers a broad introduction to the French language and culture of contemporary France. While participants will learn how to express themselves in French and understand the fundamentals of the language, they will also gain a deeper appreciation of the French society, its cultural heritage, and its way of life. More information about FREN1001


What are my chances to be accepted in FREN1001?

French is a popular choice among HKU students and the demand is high. FREN1001 will admit 125 students in the academic year 2023-2024. Priority will be given to:

  • Y1 and Y2 Bachelor of Arts students (BA) who have enrolled in FREN1001 AND FREN1002. This includes BA, BA&LLB, BA&BEd(LangEd)-Eng, BA&BEd(LangEd)-Chi and BASc.

  • Y2 BA and Non-BA students who have declared a Major in French and have enrolled in both FREN1001 AND FREN1002.

What if my application for FREN1001 is not approved?

Students who failed to register for FREN1001 are invited to apply for French non-degree courses. Please note that it may be possible to transition from non-degree to intermediate (FREN2001) or advanced French degree courses (FREN3001) after the first year.

What should I do if I have previous knowledge of French?

Based on your level of proficiency in French, we will evaluate which French course is suitable for you. We will then discuss your study plan and assist you with the course registration procedure. Please contact the programme director by email ( and provide details about your previous studies.

Where can I find more information?


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